Pemex to Lease Eight Offshore Rigs for About $1.2 Billion

Petroleos Mexicanos, Latin America’s largest oil producer, said it will rent eight offshore drilling rigs for more than $1.2 billion.

The state-owned company will publish a bidding schedule in July and plans to begin operating the rigs at the end of this year and 2012’s first quarter, it said today in a statement. The company will seek seven platforms that can operate at a depth of 105 meters (344 feet) and one at 90 meters.

Pemex, based in Mexico City, plans to spend $23 billion this year to boost oil production. Output dropped to 2.576 million barrels a day in 2010, the lowest daily average since 1990, and has slipped for six straight years.

Pemex also plans to buy five land-drilling rigs for about $200 million, it said.

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